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Published: Monday, June 6 2011 9:00 a.m. MDT

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Brigham City, UT

Newsweek is dying-------has had low sales for a decade now. Come to think of it, Hollywood is dying too------all those old institutions that thought they had all the answers will soon be buried 6 feet under.

Sacramento Native

RE: counter intelligence

we could use your clear thinking in the Golden State.

Huntsville, UT

If Mormons would treat others fairly, it would go a long way towards having other treat them fairly. (The golden rule, Karma, what goes around comes around,...)

Petaluma, CA

its a two-edged sword, to be singled out for your "interesting" religion, in the midst of a political campaign.
For the religion desiring publicity and the opportunity to convert others to its point of view, and to minimize reactivity among the general population, to its point of view, such an article could be a plus in the short term.
However, in my opinion, it would be ideal if political leaders would do as Obama has done, and call us all to transcend our racial, ethnic, religious and tribal differences and work together for our common good. However, due to the focus of the fundamentalists in the Christian and Jewish faiths in American upon our differences, difference can and has been used as a wedge issue, that is, a way for votes to be gathered to a particular candidate or party.
We have only to look at Rick Santorum's opening remarks in his bid for the nomination. His expressed points of view amount to making much of differences, and making targets of those his brand of reality considers "outside the norm".

Allen, TX

@ morpunkt | 8:47 p.m. June 6, 2011

Did you read the Newsweek article? Hardly "favorable publicity". I think it was a thinly veiled attack piece, like so many others. Had the potential to be good journalism, but it would have had to have had a more diligent author doing more diligent research, and writing for a magazine that wasn't in such dire straights that it needs to pursue sensationalism over journalism. Sad.

Shelley, ID

I think that the "general reluctance of political candidates to discuss their faith" means that they don't want to push their faith on others. Their reasons for running are really multi-faceted. They want to serve their constituents and their country, are willing to be active in the republic-democracy process, and they hopefully believe in the goodness of people and in equality of individuals and in their rights and responsibilities in this country.


@LDS Liberal,

You have missed the point. Mr. Romney did not pose for, nor likely was his approval sought, in the silly cover Newsweek put together.

@Ute21 - you are wasting your posts with Mr. Johnson. He is not apparently catching your jab. He probably has a hard time finding his regular seat at Rice-Eccles as well? LOL.

I have not yet read the article (is Newsweek even turning a profit these days? Talk about relevance...) but would assume that the point of even mentioning the tawdry, disrespectful and probably slanderous Broadway production by the creators of 'South Park' was to show that Mormon culture is mainstream enough now to be the subject of an unfortunately popular and certainly irreverent fun-fest for the dupes and ignorant with money and an evening to waste.

I guess Rep. Weiner is a member of the House of Representatives, sparing Lightspeed Harry any reason to have to answer questions about his behavior and what minimum standards are to the Demo. leadership these days for re-election funding... Certainly unlikely Sen Reid spoke up to Newsweek about any voting patterns that might be his and any influenced or affected by his religious background.

Murray, UT

Overall, the article was positive and one main theme was the LDS church has a formla for success. It's true.

Don't be too hard on Mr. Coppins and his role in the article and cover photo. It's one of the most accurate articles I've read.

Remember, they are in the magazine selling business and that cover would sell more than everyone dressed up in a suit and tie saying "cheese."

Phoenix, AZ

@ J-TX

It would be difficult to write a current balanced article on the Mormon church of today. It changes from day to day: from everything from its revised history, scripture, politics, profile, mission, etc. It is almost as difficult as nailing jello on the wall. Who are the Mormons; who knows, it all depends on the point of view.

Junction city, Oregon

I love the white socks.
Makes me a stronger member when i see these things. I love the attention. Keep it coming.

The Caravan Moves On
Enid, OK

Read the article yesterday. Fairly accurate. Nice to see they weren't out to destroy us. I do wonder if that Andrew Romano guy (article co-author) was biting his tounge not to be sarcastic. In the past he's been extremely rude towards the LDS church.

St. George, Utah

religion is something I have no use for. ( to each their own ) if someone wants to be a member of the LDS or Baptist or Lutheran religion then enjoy it. but I do have a question what is a Mormon church ? I've never seen one. but there is the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints which alot of friends belong to and I drove around all day looking for a building titled the Mormon church and there isnt one to be found.. just a personal comment. oh and someone making a comment that they wont vote for somneone because that person is a Mormon. my comment to that is maybe you shouldnt be voting at all because you fail to see the true purpose of an election. Im not voting for Romney or Huntsman because I do not agree with their politics I dont care what religion they practice thats none of my concern and I dont care what religion Obama practices either

Walt Nicholes
Orem, UT

It would be the same kerfluffle if we were thinking of running a Moslem for president. Oh, wait......

Madison, AL

Ministers fuel the anti-mormon feeling with calumny meant to defame Mormons, Huckabee is good at it, this has been the case since the days of Joseph Smith. I think the real reason might be that these Ministers see the writing on the wall of self-preservation. In Joseph Smith's first vision with the Father and the Son, he was told "I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt; that: they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof.
In time all will know the truth of this message, but those who want to preserve the apostate Christianity seem to feel justified in using calumny againist all Mormons. In their reluctant ignorance they could find that they have been fighting against the God they say they believe in. To some not violently disagreeing with Moronism is the only way to preserve their traditions. Mormons should be wonderful people.

Provo, UT

I find it unfortunate that none of the comments from the professors in this article mentioned Jesus Christ. They mentioned many other things, but Christ and bringing others to Him is the focus of the LDS Church. Also, honesty absolutely needs to be a part of who we are. It's very sad that some of the politicians' spokespeople said they were politicians first and LDS second. Nothing should ever come before God.

Bluffdale, UT

Most Utahns are Mormon but most Mormons are not Utahns. I'm tired of judging all Mormons by Utah's politics and culture. "78% voted for McCain/Palin" What a stupid piece of data.
Might as well say, "All Mormons are known for their of love of rasberry shakes and trampolines."

Ogden, UT

I don't think it was appropriate when the article refered to the church as a sect. The historical usage of the term sect in Christendom has had pejorative connotations, referring to a group or movement with heretical beliefs it also infers that the group broke off from another group. The LDS church was not a reformed church and didn't break away from any other church. Using the term shows a malice towards the LDS church and shows the article as biased.

Montesano, WA

I read it and it treats the church in a fair light!

Provo, UT

I must admit, I have met some dangerous LDS people over the years.


As a couple of astute commenter's have made mention of, the cover of the magazine is not an attempt to show Mormons in a frivolous way based on reality.

It is an attempt to mock Romney by displaying him in a knock off of the poster to "The Book of Mormon", the hit Broadway Musical up for 14 Tony Awards that paints Mormons as brainwashed clones, closet homosexuals and ignorant liars.

The reason that Romney's face is not simply Photoshopped onto the actual prancing missionary from the poster is because the people at Newsweek are more concerned with copyright infringement of a "successful" Broadway show than mocking a person and, especially, a religion that does not offer a future advertising revenue stream.

There is nothing innocent about the magazine cover.

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